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High numbers trapped in emergency accommodation reflect a rental system out of control

Simon Communities respond to national emergency accommodation figures & RTB Rental Report

20 Dec 2017

The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that it is deeply worrying to see the year close with a record number of people in emergency accommodation. 8,857 men, women and children remain trapped in emergency accommodation, according to figures released for November 2017 by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and increase of 27% since November 2016. Meanwhile, figures from the RTB Rent Index show that nationally rents grew 9.5% over the year to Q3.

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33% increase in people turning to Simon Communities for support

The housing and homelessness organisation say housing is a fundamental human right

19 Dec 2017

The Simon Communities of Ireland today launched their Annual Report for 2016, reporting an increase of 33% in the number of people seeking help from their services over the year. The housing and homeless charity worked with over 11,000 people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness across the country.

 

The Annual Report was launched by Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

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91.5% of rental properties beyond reach of Rent Supplement/HAP payments

Simon Community study finds a 15% decrease in supply since August 2017

11 Dec 2017

 91.5% of [538] properties available to rent are beyond the reach of people dependent on state housing benefits, the Locked Out of the Market IX snapshot study by the Simon Communities in Ireland has found. There were no properties available to rent for a single person limits and only two properties were available to couples within Rent Supplement/Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) over the snapshot study period. Overall, the number of rental properties on the market has dropped significantly; crucially, the number available to people in receipt of state housing payments has decreased to just 8.5% of all properties, indicating an increasing gap between Rent Supplement/HAP limits and  market rents.

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Deeply disturbing that there almost 8,500 people in Emergency Accommodation say Simon Communities

Simon Communities respond to national emergency accommodation figures

22 Nov 2017

The Simon Communities in Ireland have said that it is deeply disturbing that the numbers of people in emergency accommodation is continuing to increase to a record 8,492 according to figures released for October 2017 by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

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Simon Communities say the Rent Pressure Zones urgently need review as they are not having desired effect

The homeless and housing organisation respond to Daft.ie Rental Price Report

14 Nov 2017

The Simon Communities in Ireland say that figures released today from the Daft.ie 2017 Q3 Rental Report show that the private rental market remains unable to cope with demand. The housing and homelessness organisation said that the introduction of Rent Pressure Zones did not go far enough, given the scale of the crisis, and that they should be reviewed as soon as possible. 

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